2011 Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest Artists
Mark Hummel & the Blues Survivors
with Rusty Zinn
Mark Hummel is a road warrior - a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound - a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing.
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Time after time, Oakland-based bluesman Rusty Zinn’s raw, burning guitar work and soulful vocals leave listeners open-mouthed in amazement. That is, until their feet start to move uncontrollably and lead them to the dance floor, as Zinn’s jumping blend of 1940s and 1950s West Coast swing/blues and gritty Chicago blues takes over.
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Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1960's, she found that being a female guitar player meant only one thing: acoustic guitar. Electric guitars were still toys meant only for boys. But when Debbie heard the sounds of the British blues-rock bands, particularly the electric guitar of Eric Clapton with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, she became completely captivated. Going against the grains of society's accepted roles of the time, Debbie pursued her dream with the passion of an artist and the soul of a rebel.
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Having played with guitar legends from Albert Collins to Ronnie Earl, Robbie is an internationally recognized Blues Guitar Master who has thrilled festival and concert audiences for over 15 years with his sheer technical prowess on the guitar, his soulful voice, impressive stage presence and likeable personality. He possesses the inherent ability to authentically convey styles such as nineteen forties, jump swing, traditional country blues, Piedmont, Delta, early Texas and Chicago, yet is comfortable playing uptown jazz as well as progressive rock.
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Donald Ray Johnson
Grammy Award-winning R&B vocalist and drummer Donald Ray Johnson is well-known for both his booming blues voice and his hard-driving drumming. The Calgary based blues great is quickly taking Europe by storm as well as having an extensive fan base in Canada and the USA. Donald Ray Johnson continues to release superb recordings, with his latest, It's About Time
garnering critical acclaim and heavy airplay.
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